Guntur records 165 sunstroke deaths

Guntur records 165 sunstroke deaths - Sakshi Post

As many as 165 persons have died of sunstroke in this district of Andhra Pradesh since April 1, official sources said.

The deaths were reported between April 1 and June 1. The deceased were mostly senior citizens, they said. In Andhra Pradesh, the kin of persons who die due to sunstroke are given ex-gratia under `Apatbandhu' scheme. To claim the compensation, an FIR has to be first registered in the police station concerned.
This is followed by post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death. But in most cases, family members of such victims oppose post-mortem examination. Therefore, District Collector S Suresh Kumar some time back wrote a letter to the State Government seeking relaxation in this rule, the sources said.
In response, the Government said a joint report by the police officer, medical officer and tehsildar (revenue official) concerned about the cause of death is sufficient to claim ex-gratia, they added.

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